Eli Gregg, a teenage boy of 15 that resides in Bourbon county, Kansas, USA is recuperating from a terrible accident that almost ended his life.
Surprisingly, Eli Gregg was the second patient Neurosurgeon Dr. Koji Ebersole had treated for an impaled head recently.
The first was in 2018 when he treated 10-year-old Xavier Cunningham who survived a penetrating injury to the head after falling from a treehouse ladder and landing on a footlong metal meat skewer.
A medical team at the University of Kansas Health System then operated on Xavier and removed the skewer.
“When it happened to Xavier, as soon as we saw the X-ray, my colleague said, ‘this is going to go viral,’ ” said Ebersole, a neurosurgeon at the University of Kansas Health System
“I think going through Xavier’s case helped us a lot for this one,” said Dr Ebersole, who is also an associate professor at the University of Kansas in Kansas City.
“At the time of Xavier’s case, nothing like that had been seen at our hospital amongst the personnel that were involved, This is supposed to be once in a career.” he said.
Dr Ebersole and his colleagues used catheters, tiny balloons and other tools to carefully the knife.
He said that Eli “didn’t suffer any brain injury. No injury to vision. No injury to the movement of the eyes. No strokes. No brain bleeding. Really, he’s just got a small little cosmetic incision line, if you will, from the knife on his right cheek. You would never know that he went through all of this.”